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Star Wars: Death and Life

Sean "Goodwood" Nash

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Sean "Goodwood" Nash

Publication information
Release date

May 19, 2010 (1st ed.)

Media type

Short story


Fan fiction


Old Republic era




Tales from the Corps

Followed by

A Marine Went to Jedi Camp

These are your personals, if you'd like to look at them. Dr. Shak thinks you're ready to finish coming back to life...
—A Republic medic, to Laera Reyolé

Star Wars: Death and Life is a three-part short story by Sean "Goodwood" Nash that takes place during and after the Mandalorian Wars. It follows the point of view of a Republic Marine who is killed in action and brought back to life through the use of non-clone technology.

Since its release on May 19, 2010, it was the kickoff for Nash's Tales from the Corps Series and spawned three sequels: A Marine Went to Jedi Camp, Star Wars: Saber Battalion, and The Last Full Measure.

Publisher's summaryEdit

Death and Life
For approximately four thousand years, from the earliest conflicts with the Sith Empire to the Ruusan Reformation, the Republic Marines did battle with the enemies of the Galactic Republic. Renowned for their skill in all aspects of galactic warfare as well as their traditions of duty, valor, honor and loyalty, the Marines were one of the foundation stones for civilization throughout the galaxy.

Every Marine accepts as fact that they are part of the spear of the Republic, and might be called upon at any time to make the ultimate sacrifice in its defense. For Laera Reyolé, a veteran officer who has spent over twenty years fighting for peace and justice, this sacrifice would be fulfilled—and yet, it would be only the beginning. In the wake of one conflict, she must deal with the consequences of her new lease on life, or else she may be consumed by the events to come.




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Mawkren (Mentioned only)

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Behind the scenesEdit

Star Wars: Death and Life' by Sean "Goodwood" Nash was begun on May 18, 2010, with the first draft finished the next night. It ties loosely into Nash's earlier work-in-progress, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II: Vima's Saga, and served as the kickoff for his Tales from the Corps Series. It received an overall positive review from Star Wars Fanon Wiki's administrator and author Brandon Rhea.

The story, as well as its protagonist, were inspired by the circumstances and character of Commander Shepard, particularly in the beginning of Mass Effect 2. In writing Death and Life, Nash hoped to capture in more detail the physical, psychological and philosophical aspects of what it means to die and be brought back through the use of technology. In addition, he hoped to tackle issues surrounding the experience of combat, and how it changes one's outlook on life.


Death and Life received critical praise upon its release, with Star Wars Fanon Wiki administrators and authors Brandon Rhea and Solus, as well as user and author Atarumaster88. Rhea and Ataru both praised the work's description and characterization, noting the richness of vocabulary and technical skill. Rhea in particular encouraged the nomination of the story as a Featured Work. Solus, meanwhile, though she shared many of Ataru's positive opinions, expressed doubts as to whether or not this was a complete story. However she did note that she was intrigued by the potential of its sequels, A Marine Went to Jedi Camp and Saber Battalion.

Following through on Rhea's advice, the short story was nominated by Nash for highlighting as a Featured Work on June 2, 2010, achieving that honor on June 29 of that year. Fellow Archivists Ataru and Solus were particularly helpful in enabling Nash to secure the short story's passage, as well as several other users. At this point, Death and Life is largely considered to be "a done deal" by the author.

Death and Life took top honors in the Summer 2010 Short Story Contest, receiving first-place awards in the "Best Short Story" and "Best Pre-Movie Era Story" categories.

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